Morgan Stanley voices concern over potential frac sand shortage

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Proppant suppliers like Hi-Crush Partners and US Silica Holdings are already benefiting greatly from rapidly expanding US demand for frac sand. The market position of being a supplier in a rapidly growing industry struggling to keep up with demand is highly lucrative. Industry winners will be the companies that find a way to keep supply rates up with demand.

US-based financial services company Morgan Stanley has suggested that silica (frac) sand supply could be a strong growth limiting factor for the rapidly expanding fracking industry.

“We believe the industry now sits on the verge of a prolonged frac sand supply shortage,” said Morgan Stanley in a research report yesterday....

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